The 30th anniversary of the partly free election that marked the end of the 45-year Communist rule in Poland was an overwhelmingly partisan affair.
Fast-rising wages, recovering food prices, and a hike in core inflation are all having an impact.
Indicator’s fall attests to the continuing deterioration of business conditions at Polish manufacturers, says IHS Markit, but this is refuted by Polish industry’s performance early in 2019 with industrial output growth yet to fall below 5%.
Across the EU just 10mn of the 43mn diesel cars and vans caught in the Dieselgate scandal have been recalled, and recall rates are lowest in the eastern EU members, finds Transport & Environment.
The coalition between Austria’s conservative-liberal ÖVP and the right-wing populist FPÖ has been viewed very critically in Austria and abroad since it was formed in December 2017. It has also been an issue for the Eastern European bloc
PiS regained momentum after polls appeared narrowed in the run-up to the vote, putting it in a strong position ahead of this autumn's general election.
Political parties have been doing their utmost to rally voters for the Sunday vote in hope that a good result will set off a wave on which they will ride to a victorious night this autumn, when the national election takes place.
The pick-up owes to the calendar effect, with sales spiking because of Easter but also to Polish households’ general inclination towards increased consumption, driven by the good situation on the labour market – low unemployment and growing wages.
The headline figure attests to the Polish industrial sector’s stubbornness to give in to negative trends in the external environment, especially the slowdown of activity in Germany, Poland's largest trading partner.
The revelation comes only a few days before the election to the European Parliament, which the fiercely anti-government newspaper hopes the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) will lose.